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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Weizenbock
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:25:24 PM »
i might have left it on the yeast for a solid 2 weeks..perhaps 3 weeks. at that point i would have racked to keg or bottle. any off flavors have best chance dissipating in primary on the yeast. now as for as yeast derived phenol-banana and clove, these are characteristics of your beer. higher temps more banana. while cold conditiong/aging can reduce the banana, IME it wont remove it completely.

as far as chlorine in water, yes that can cause off flavors. you want to keep chlorine out of your beer-not sure if this is your issue or not.

Yikes,  I was afraid I took it off too early... I don't even remember my reasoning.  Do you suggest leaving it?  Or any cold conditioning?

As of right now, it taste like rubber and then the after taste is somewhat enjoyable, where I pick up the typical weizenbock flavors...

General Homebrew Discussion / First Weizenbock
« on: December 29, 2014, 04:36:18 PM »
I brewed my first weizenbock ( WL380, 1.070 OG) on 11/23 and after 12 days I racked to a secondary.  I've been sampling it along the way and it *had* very nice clove and banana flavor. Now 12/29's sample is still very sulfur loaded (which I know is common) and very "rubbery" tasting and it really masks out the flavors I was getting earlier in the fermentation process... I thought weizens were to be drank fairly young, however, I think this one needs some time.  Is it a good idea to age a weizenbock?  Will aging even help clean-up with what I'm guessing are heavy phenols? 

Lastly I had to top off with about 1/2 gallon of tap water that wasn't chlorine treated, could this be a source of the problem?  The interaction between yeast and chlorine?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sour Mashing with Unmalted Grain?
« on: December 24, 2014, 01:27:34 AM »
I guess there might be more bacteria/fungus on unmalted grain as it never went through any heat treatment but I don't know this to be true, or germane. where did you hear that you shouldn't?

I'm afraid to admit it but the "internet" said so... Not that i was 100% sold on the information when I came across it, but it triggered the exact thing that you mentioned about bacteria/fungi/whoknowswhat... I think I'll proceed with the oats in the mash anyway, and maybe give things a little lacto head start as suggested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Sour Mashing with Unmalted Grain?
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:31:53 PM »
I wanted to conduct a 24hour+ sour mash in my oven.  I've heard, but cannot confirm that you shouldn't use unmalted grain in a sour mash.  Can someone back this up?  I was planning on doing 7oz rolled oats.


When I first bought the White Labs tube I was surprised at how little yeast there was. Thus, I plan on making a lower OG starter based on my assumption; there is a much smaller cell count in WLP644 (correct me if I'm wrong).  I realize the significance of not stressing out yeast by making too high or low of an OG. Would it make sense to start with a 1.5L starter at 1.025?  And should I step it up, similar to a lager? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in Switzerland
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:25:19 AM »
Well thank you!  I'm totally clueless on the trip, so hoping to hear something exciting!

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer in Switzerland
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:44:53 AM »
Traveling to Geneva Switzerland.  Also visiting: Western France, Neuchatel Switzerland and Southern Germany (Munich might be as far north as I go).  I will gladly take any recommendations of brewpubs, must have beers, anything!  I've only been to London and I was in high school, so I'm very excited and don't want to waste my time with a 4 star yelped brewpub.  I thought I'd ask the real critics out there!  Thanks in advance.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cedar Wood Cubes
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:54:27 PM »
Hmm, wasn't really aiming to clone anything from this brewery.  Although I've had a "rare beer of the month 2x IPA on cedar" from this brewery.    Any other examples you're aware of?

I came up with the idea of this from local breweries aging things on cedar.  Are people claiming to use cedar and its really not?  I absolutely love the smell of cedar, i hope someone has experience with it!


General Homebrew Discussion / Cedar Wood Cubes
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:03:32 PM »
So I'm curious.... I "made" some cedar wood cubes today, do I need to toast them? If so, how?  I figure I wouldn't want to do it too long because cedar seems to be so floral/aromatic.  I wish to skip the toasting in its entirety, I just don't know what the consequences would be..

My idea:I wanted to soak some cedar chunks in chardonnay and then put that on a heavy french saison. or some type of wild hoppy table beer.


General Homebrew Discussion / Lost track of ABV
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:50:27 PM »
I brewed a beer and 3 months later added 3lbs of cherries and a brett strain.  What would this add to a beer's abv?  My only reading is my OG and I haven't taken any others along the way.  Ballpark figure, or a rough idea of how I could get a more accurate reading in the end??

Beer Travel / Re: Charlotte, NC
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:05:44 AM »
The problem with Charlotte is you have to drive from place to place. What are you after beer bars or breweries?

This might come in handy.

Thanks for the map.  I prefer breweries and will most likely be on the north side.  First time to Charlotte, so I don't have a clue..

Beer Travel / Charlotte, NC
« on: May 22, 2014, 05:55:16 PM »
Driving through Charlotte, NC and will have a little time there.  Any "must-see" suggestions?

I'd be worried enough to pickup a solid stopper next order or trip to the LHBS. For now, do what you can.

Just don't put the stopper on before crashing. Carboys can't handle any negative pressure.

Interesting...didn't think too much about this one. The difference in temp will prob be 20 degrees, not sure if that's too much to cause issues, but sounds like I don't want to risk it.  Good idea.

I'd be worried enough to pickup a solid stopper next order or trip to the LHBS. For now, do what you can.

I feel like an idiot, after a quick google, I know exactly what they are... Thanks again, I may do a stopper and foil!

I'd be worried enough to pickup a solid stopper next order or trip to the LHBS. For now, do what you can.

Wow, I've been brewing for awhile and didn't know these existed... thanks!

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